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The past year has been “brutal” to say the least, but through it emerged a new artist that managed to make all the sourness a little sweet. Olivia Rodrigo is who everyone is talking about these days because of her lyricism, style, and relatability. Rodrigo has, at the young age of 18, made a significant impact on the music scene.
The singer-songwriter made her debut in 2016 with the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. However, her true break was landing the role of Nini Salazar-Roberts in the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” It was through this show that she wrote and released “All I Want,” the song that went viral a year prior to her hit single “Driver’s License.”
The relatable lyrics of teenage angst and heartbreak in “Driver’s License” contributed to the records Rodrigo broke with her debut, including the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week at the high number of 65,873,080 streams, according to Spotify’s global weekly Top 200 chart.
“Driver’s License” went viral on TikTok, as did the rumored story behind the lyrics. Fans and content-consumers alike presumed the song to be about Disney co-star Joshua Bassett and their supposed breakup. The “drama” was addicting to many, especially to those who have found themselves in a similar situation and could empathize with her. Although the lyrics still get listeners in their emotions, Rodrigo has since expressed that the song does not make her sad anymore.
“I don’t feel that sort of heartbreak and betrayal, at least not as acutely as I used to feel it,” Rodrigo said in a conversation with V Magazine.
Rodrigo went on to break a record previously held by one of her inspirations, Taylor Swift, with the album SOUR. According to Billboard, eight Rodrigo songs from the album stood at top 10 of the Billboard Streaming Songs chart, surpassing Swift’s record for the most songs at one time by a woman.
The success of the 18-year-old is astounding, gaining titles like “pop breakout star of 2021,” from music critic Mikael Wood. Rodrigo is also often referred to as “the next Taylor Swift.” Overall, she is making an impact on the music industry while inspiring the Generation Xers to sing their hearts out on TikTok, where many of her songs went viral.
Her style has become an inspiration as well, with influences from the early 2000s, ’90s, and ’70s coming together to create an edgy, yet feminine look. Miniskirts, platform boots, and lots of accessories are just a few staples in her wardrobe.
The vibe of Rodrigo’s music and style has garnered her plenty of monthly listeners and fans. She even used her immense influence for the White House to urge young people to get a COVID-19 vaccine along with the Biden administration, according to The New York Times.
The rising star is still at the beginning of her career, and fans, critics, and confused millennials are all watching to see what she does next.